3 winners and 2 losers from NY Jets' trade for Haason Reddick

Who are the biggest winners and losers from the Reddick trade?

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Loser: Will McDonald, DE, NY Jets

There is no bigger loser on the Jets' roster as a result of the Reddick trade than Will McDonald. The Jets seemingly had big plans for McDonald when they opted to let Bryce Huff walk in free agency. Those plans seem to have been put on the back burner.

Reddick will likely be on the field for 60-65 percent of snaps with the Jets (still a substantial decrease from his Eagles numbers). Seeing as though Huff only played 42 percent of snaps last season, that's a sizable gap.

Even if the Jets use players like John Franklin-Myers and Micheal Clemons more on the interior, the addition of Reddick essentially eliminates any possibility of McDonald seeing a significant uptick in playing time if everyone is healthy.

On top of that, assuming the Jets extend Reddick, they're officially confirming the notion that McDonald will be a backup for his entire rookie contract. What looked like a puzzling draft pick at the time looks even more confusing in hindsight.

Winner: Quinnen Williams DT, NY Jets

While the entire Jets' defense serves to benefit from the addition of Haason Reddick, one player, in particular, stands out as a clear winner. That player is Quinnen Williams.

Williams remains one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL, and while he was his usual dominant self in 2023, his sack numbers declined a bit. The two-time Pro Bowler finished with just 5.5 sacks in 2023 after a breakout 12-sack season in 2022.

Much of that was a result of Williams constantly being double-teamed by the opposition. Only two players in the NFL — Chris Jones and Dexter Lawrence — were double-teamed at a higher rate than Williams, who was doubled on a whopping 70 percent of passing downs.

Reddick gives the Jets another superstar on their defensive line for opponents to focus on. That should free up Williams, allowing his box-score numbers to rebound and match his actual value.